October 5, 2012 Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, isn't the strait-laced take on 18th-century romance moviegoers may expect. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film continually "attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like." (Recommended)
October 4, 2012 The world of competitive butter sculpting serves as the platform for a politically charged satire from Jim Field Smith. Critic Joel Arnold says that stellar performances from the film's ensemble cast, which includes Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner, make for an excellently executed farce.
October 4, 2012 Ursula Meier's film about Swiss siblings trying to make ends meet explores themes seen in her earlier work. As critic Mark Jenkins explains, the performances in the film help deliver a portrait of the challenges facing those in poverty, struggling to survive while others live in excess.
October 4, 2012 A swamp noir about a murder convict and the journalist who suspects he might not have committed the crime, Lee Daniels' film feels "spectacularly incompetent," says critic Scott Tobias.
October 4, 2012 Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In paints a contemporary portrait of the "war on drugs." Critic Mark Jenkins says the film excels at portraying the personal through firsthand accounts and commentary but leaves some questions untouched.
October 4, 2012 Julian Farino's dramedy The Oranges is another riff on the cataclysmic holiday weekend — but critic Ella Taylor says the film's ensemble cast and its lack of cynicism bring freshness to a genre that can feel as stale as a fruitcake. (Recommended)
October 4, 2012 With a plot as unoriginal as its title, Olivier Megaton's Taken 2 lacks many of the charms of its predecessor, critic Stephanie Zacharek says. While Liam Neeson once again gets to wallop Albanian baddies, the film demonstrates an utter lack of subtlety and finesse.
October 4, 2012 Tim Burton's feature-length retake on his 1984 short film reflects the director's signature style — but, says critic Stephanie Zacharek, the material may be better suited to a shorter form.
September 27, 2012 Hong Kong cinema's wild man, director Pang Ho-Cheung, brings his eye for the unconventional to his movie-biz satire. Critic Mark Jenkins explains that while some of the Cantonese slang may be lost on an American audience, bawdy jokes share a universal language.
September 27, 2012 Adapted from Robert E. Howard's comic of the same name, Michael J. Bassett's film falls flat in its bid for the big screen. Critic Scott Tobias says the film gets bogged down in its bloodshed, wiping away all trace of the fun the pulp original offered.
September 27, 2012 A Broadway veteran's film about dueling college a cappella groups hits all of the right notes — once it stops trying to be too many things at once and focuses on the fun of it all. (Recommended)
September 27, 2012 An all-star cast, a veteran director and writers with proven comic chops serve up tired laughs and a grating lead character in Hotel Transylvania. Critic Ian Buckwalter wants the animated comedy staked through the heart.
September 27, 2012 Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as the present and future versions of a skilled assassin in Rian Johnson's mind-bending thriller. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the film's offbeat performances and stylized nihilism make up for the plot holes left in most time-travel stories.
September 27, 2012 Rian Johnson's action-thriller can't dodge the frustrating elements of most time-travel tales, but the film's characters, performances and stylization add up to an experience that critic David Edelstein believes is the right amount of happy and tragic.